Learn how leading manufacturers are making the most of 3D printing china to create previously impossible designs and redefine their production capabilities.
What is 3D printing?
3D printing, also called additive manufacturing (English), is a set of processes that produce objects through the addition of material in layers that correspond to the successive cross sections of a 3D model. Plastics and metal alloys are the most commonly used materials for 3D printing, but almost anything from concrete to living tissue can be used.
What is 3D printing used for?
Efficiently create unique parts and truly complex geometries only possible with 3D printing.
3D printing has long been used to quickly create rapid prototypes for visual aids, assembly mockups, and presentation models.
Fuel efficiency and reduced emissions drive the need to manufacture lightweight parts through 3D printing, for aerospace and automotive applications.
PRODUCTS WITH ENHANCED FUNCTIONALITY
3D printing removes many of the constraints imposed by traditional manufacturing processes that prevent engineers from truly designing with optimal performance in mind.
PERSONALIZED MEDICAL IMPLANTS
To achieve osseointegration, manufacturers use 3D printing to precisely control surface porosity to better simulate real bone structure.
TOOLS, GAUGE AND ACCESSORIES
Tooling and machining fixtures for 3D printed composites are generally cheaper and faster to produce, and likewise, injection mold cooling inserts can dramatically reduce cycle times.
PATTERNS FOR METAL CASTING
Combining 3D printing with metal casting bridges the gap between generatively designed parts and proven manufacturing approaches for large metal objects.